What to expect if you are accused of domestic violence?
In many cases, the charges begin with a 911 call. Law enforcement is dispatched to your home. Under Title XLIII, Chapter 741 of the Florida Statutes:
“Whenever a law enforcement officer determines upon probable cause that an act of domestic violence has been committed within the jurisdiction the officer may arrest the person or persons suspected of its commission and charge such person or persons with the appropriate crime. The decision to arrest and charge shall not require consent of the victim or consideration of the relationship of the parties.”
If law enforcement officers believe an act of domestic violence has occurred, you will be arrested and transported to the police station, booked, and placed in a holding cell, awaiting transfer to county jail. You will not be released until bail has been set, which may not occur for a day or two, based on the time and day of the week you were arrested.
Once bail is set, you will face other restrictions, including being restricted from entering your home, and will be forced to seek a place to stay while the case plays out. Your first step, once you have been booked, is to contact a lawyer. Don’t answer questions, try to defend yourself, or offer any information to “friendly” law enforcement officers. Your attorney from Correa & Martinez Trial Lawyers will represent you at your bail hearing, arraignment, and all other appearances, protecting you from the force of the criminal justice system – and we know what to do.